RAMEAU, KIMBALL SHINE AT MAY 1 MONADNOCK 2021 OPENER
By Gary Dutton
WINCHESTER, N.H. – Anyone still clinging to the belief that rising star Sammy Rameau’s Tri-Track Open Modified Series win last season at Monadnock Speedway might have been a fluke, can now put that notion away. Far away!
The youthful Bay State hot shoe not only backed up that victory with another 100-lap score Saturday, May 1, at the high-banked speedplant, he did it with such a flourish that many longtime speedway fans were comparing his run to some of the best in the quarter-mile’s 50-year history.
After suffering an almost disastrous pit stop while leading just past mid-race, Rameau blasted under first Matt Hirschman and then Ron Silk in the final laps of the Wonder Casino 100 main event Saturday to leave town with the $6,000 winner’s purse in hand.
ANGELO BELSITO EARNS GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES WIN AT MONADNOCK
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
WINCHESTER, N.H. — Round two of the Granite State Pro Stock Series season brought competitors to the high-banks of Monadnock Speedway, and it was multiple-time series winner Angelo Belsito clicking off another checkered flag.
Belsito and the rest of the field competed in three, 20-lap segment races in place of a 100-lap feature — and the final finishing order for the race was determined based on a points system. The winner of each segment earned one point, while second-place earned two points, third earned three, and so on, throughout the field. The driver with the lowest number of points at the end of the three — Belsito — was declared the overall winner of the day. Devin O’Connell was second and Gabe Brown third.
Belsito won the first two segments and was the runner-up in the final round. O’Connell finished fourth in the first race, then second and first.
FELLOWS, CHASE CURTIS, WENZEL, DOUGLAS JOIN ROBIE AS MONADNOCK CHAMPS
Five 2020 Track Champions Crowned September 26 at Monadnock Speedway
By Gary Dutton
WINCHESTER, N.H. – Aaron Fellows (Croydon, NH), Chase Curtis (Rutland, MA), Nathan Wenzel (Granby, MA), and Mike Douglas (Northfield, MA) each won championships Saturday, September 26 at Monadnock Speedway, with Fellows and Wenzel both scoring Super Saturday feature wins on the final event of the season.
NHSTRA Modified ace Brian Robie had clinched his division’s 2020 crown a week earlier but, strongly in the hunt for top NASCAR Division 1 points – he entered Saturday’s event tied for fourth in the national ranking – the Sunapee speedster was third in Saturday’s 40-lap main event.
Swanzey, NH hot shoe Todd Patnode, the speedway’s Modified champion a year ago, moved up to second in the final 2020 tally by winning his fourth feature race of the year. Hillary Renaud (Vernon, VT) & topped the Street Stocks, impressive in her second victory of the summer.
ROBIE CLINCHES MODIFIED TITLE, FOUR CROWNS STILL UP FOR GRABS
By Gary Dutton
WINCHESTER, N.H. – Trevor Bleau (Troy, NH) won the race Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway that had eluded him all season. But, while Bleau won the battle, Brian Robie won the war.
With Robie’s strong third-place outing in Saturday’s NHSTRA Modified main event, the Sunapee star clinched the 2020 track title. The speedway’s other four divisional crowns, however, will all wait to be decided on the final day of the season.
Bleau, the runner-up a week earlier, was one of three first-of-the-season feature winners Saturday. On the fourteenth event of the summer, Emerson Cayer (Contoocook, NH) and C.J. Johnson (Keene, NH) also earned their first victory laps of the year.
PATNODE TOPS MODIFIED THRILLER, FELLOWS WINS ELEVENTH
By Gary Dutton
WINCHESTER, N.H. – Todd Patnode (Swanzey, NH) made a late-race pass to earn his third NHSTRA Modified feature of the year Saturday (September 12) at Monadnock Speedway.
The high-banked speedplant completed its 13th event of the season Saturday, and when all was said and done, one driver had taken her first victory lap of the year, Aaron Fellows (Croydon, NH) had stormed to his track-high eleventh feature win, and the sizzling Curtis twins, Jaret and Chase, were again tied atop the Street Stock title race.
The Six Shooter division made its maiden Monadnock run Saturday, with southern-staters Brandon Mailhot (Epping, NH) and Adam Knowles first and second under the flags, and Granite State Mini Cup ace Skeeter Beerce was dominant in both his heat and feature races.
BONSIGNORE TOPS WHELEN MODS, FIRST OF YEAR FOR KIMBALL IN HOMETRACKERS SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, AT MONADNOCK
By Gary Dutton (Track Writer)
WINCHESTER, N.H. – Justin Bonsignore has Monadnock Speedway pretty well figured out. Sunday, the Empire State star won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Wade Cole Memorial 200 at the storied high-banked quarter-mile.
It was Bonsignore’s third Whelen Tour victory at Monadnock, duplicated big scores here in 2013 and 2014, the latter the famed all-green 200-lapper. When Bonsignore won that one, in fact, Sunday’s main event namesake, Wade Cole, was in the field, as was open-wheel legend Ted Christopher.